Monday, 27 October 2014 - 18:37
India's National defence will not be put at risk; says Sri lankan Navy Commander in India.
The Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera allayed India’s fears on increasing Chinese military presence in the island nation, as he categorically stated that his nation will never compromise on India’s national security or for that matter of any other country.
Jayantha Perera also tried to assuage India concerns, downplaying China making any strategic inroads into the region.
Calling himself as a friend of India, he thanked India for lending its support to end the ethnic conflict in the island nation, which he said is now marching towards economic revival.
Navy Commander also ruled out any Chinese nuclear submarine docked in Sri Lanka, stating that they are all conventional submarines.
Earlier in the day, Sri Lanka’s Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera, who is on a five-day official visit to India, inspected a guard of honour at the South Block.
Vice Admiral Perera is visiting India at the invitation of his Indian counterpart Admiral RK Dhowan.
Perera’s visit to India is taking place soon after the visit of Sri Lankan Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s meeting with Indian Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on October 20th in New Delhi.
Officials of the Sri Lanka Navy and Indian Navy will also participate in discussions to further strengthen bilateral ties between both Navies.